What’s on West Midlands January 2016

Back in November, I wrote about ten amazing Christmas days out in the West Midlands. A lot of people found it quite helpful, so I thought I’d follow it up with what’s on West Midlands January 2016.

If you have an event that you would like me to include for January 2016 or subsequent months, please do get in touch.

Friday 1 January

  • 10.00 The Valley, Evesham, Worcestershire: Dirt run and junior dirt run – 10km for adults, 3km for juniors. In aid of St Richard’s Hospice.
  • 14.30 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Johan Strauss Gala – orchestra and dancers.

Saturday 2 January

  • 14.30 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Glenn Miller Orchestra – a big band playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements and other classics.
  • 14.30 and 19.15 Birmingham Hippodrome: Aladdin – pantomime. Also on various dates until the end of January.

Sunday 3 January 

  • Malvern Theatres, Malvern, Worcestershire: last day of the Peter Pan Panto starring PC Plum from Balamory (I have no idea of his real name but my three year old was very excited!)
  • 11.00 Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham: Brass monkeys swim – 500 metre and 1000 metre race in the unheated outdoor pool. For hardened open water swimmers only, wetsuit compulsory.
  • 19.00 Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley: A Christmas Carol pantomime. All characters played by a cast of five.

Monday 4 January

Tuesday 5 January

Wednesday 6 January 

Thursday 7 January

  • 19.00 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Henry V – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – a musical drama created from Shakespeare’s Henry V and scores by William Walton.

Friday 8 January 

Saturday 9 January

  • 19.00 Weston’s Cider, Much Marcle, Herefordshire: Wassailling – Morris dancing, music and a moonlit procession.
  • 19.30 Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent: Johnny Cash Roadshow – fantastic Johnny Cash tribute show including all the greatest hits. I have heard Clive John sing a few times and think he sounds just like Johnny Cash.
  • 19.30 St John’s Sports Centre, Worcester: Super Sounds Dance – ballroom, Latin and sequence dancing.

Sunday 10 January

  • 15.00 Town Hall, Birmingham: We’re going on a bear hunt – relaxed performance of the acclaimed show that is more accessible for people with autistic conditions, learning disabilities or sensory and communication disorder. Other performances are available on different dates during January.
  • 14.00 Ricoh Arena, Coventry: Rugby – Wasps V Worcester Warriors

Monday 11 January

Tuesday 12 January 

Wednesday 13 January

  • 10.30 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Musical Picnic – music and singing for pre-school children and their families. We went along to this back in September and both of my girls (aged 18 months and 3 years) adored it.
  • 19.00 Bransford, Worcestershire: Creative sculpture class – the first class of a ten week programme. Classes also available on Thursday mornings and afternoons.

Thursday 14 January 

  • 14.15 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Scheherazade – Performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • 20.00 Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham: Comedy Night – an evening of comedy featuring various performers including Ellie Taylor and John Robertson.

Friday 15 January 

Saturday 16 January 

  • 10.30 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Musical Picnic – song, dance and storytelling aimed at children aged up to 7 years old and their families.

Sunday 17 January

  • 10.00 The Valley, Evesham, Worcestershire: Dirt run and junior dirt run – 10km for adults, 3km for juniors. In aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

Monday 18 January 

Tuesday 19 January 

Wednesday 20 January 

  • 19.00 Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham: Jack and the Beanstalk – an amateur theatre group perform the pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Thursday 21 January 

Friday 22 January 

  • 18.30 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham: Strictly Come Dancing – the strictly live tour comes to Birmingham. Various shows times from 22nd to 24th January.

Saturday 23 January 

  • 11.00 to 13.00 Croome National Trust, Worcestershire: Winter walk  – walk with the garden and park manager to find out what’s been going on at Croome over winter.
  • 18.00 Sky Lounge, St John’s, Worcester: New Hope Charity Bingo – Bingo evening with tombola, refreshments and prizes. Held in aid of New Hope, Worcester.

Sunday 24 January

  • 09:30 Hanley Park, Stoke on Trent: Snowflake run – 10K run including special snow zones to run through. In aid of Cancer Research UK.

Monday 25 January 

  • 13.00 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Lunchtime Organ Concert – upbeat, sunshine compositions performed by organist Thomas Trotter.

Tuesday 26 January

Wednesday 27 January 

  • 19.30 Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham: the Libertines – the Libertines’ biggest ever tour comes to Birmingham.

Thursday 28 January 

  • 19.30 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Moscow State Circus – the latest show by the Moscow State Circus is set in an enchanted garden.

Friday 29 January

Saturday 30 January 

  • 14.30 and 19.30 Symphony Hall, Birmingham: Anton and Erin – the ballroom couple of Strictly fame perform their latest show, “Just gotta dance.”

Sunday 31 January 

  • 13.00 and 17.15 Birmingham Hippodrome: Last night of the Aladdin pantomime.

If you are promoting an event and would like it added to this list, please get in touch via the email address on my contact page.

What's on West Midlands January 2016




  1. December 31, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    The snowflake run sounds ace! It’s on my birthday too! Though I’ll be on the way to the alps then for real snow!
    Great list

  2. December 31, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    What a helpful resource for those in the West Midlands! I will be sharing this with friends who live there!

  3. December 31, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    What a useful post, great idea! Henry V sounds intriguing and I’m a big Johnny Cash fan so I’d probably enjoy that too.

  4. December 31, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Sounds brilliant fun, so much more to do there than down here in Plymouth!

  5. December 31, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    Wow! What a great list of things to do! We’re east midlands so not a million miles away from all the lovely things you’ve posted — so nice to see that there’s still plenty of things to go and see once Christmas is over 🙂 Happy new year to you and your family! xx

  6. December 31, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    We’d love to go to the pantomime, but I’m a bit young yet and get very fidgety. Looks like there is loads to see and do!

  7. December 31, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    What a great variety of activities in this area. We love the pantomime so Aladdin would be a good choice.

  8. December 31, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    You are so organised 🙂 sounds like lots of different things happening. Quite fancy the pantomime!

  9. January 1, 2016 / 7:27 am

    This is fab – I wish someone would do one of these for where I live! Xx

  10. January 1, 2016 / 10:05 am

    there seems to be a fair amount on for music lovers, I have always enjoyed Glen Miller’s music.
    We have just seen Jack and the Beanstalk, was brilliant.
    The Musical Picnic sounds like fun, do you take along your own picnic?
    A nice handy round up for any one local.

  11. January 1, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I love we are going on a bear hunt – shame it is too far away for us

  12. January 1, 2016 / 11:22 am

    This is such a great guide for people living in this area! I should do something similar for my town as I often find out about events after they have happened!x

  13. January 1, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Plenty to do! And January really needs help doesnt it, otherwise it can seem really dark and long!

  14. January 1, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    Wow now that is a lot of things to do, from the list it looks as though there is something for everyone regardless of their age which is good to see x

  15. January 2, 2016 / 8:23 am

    There is all sorts going on! I would love to go to the Moscow State Circus x

  16. January 2, 2016 / 11:51 am

    What a great resource! I don’t tend to take much notice of what’s on locally here but I really should x

  17. January 2, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    What a great list of things to do this month. I always find Jaunuary a rubbish month so it is good to have a list of places you could go to to keep busy.

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